Has Kathy Griffin really been banned from the view?

Kathy Griffin and controversy go together like (insert “Grease” text here), so it’s no surprise she’s gotten into trouble over the years. But was she really banned from The View?

As longtime supporters of The View know, Griffin has joined the panel on a number of occasions. Per IMDb, she’s guested no fewer than 14 times. So where did the scandalous rumors that she was banned from the daytime hit come from? That would be Griffin herself. She has spoken out about her excommunication from Holy Set on many occasions and in numerous outlets. And more specifically, she credited “The View” OG host Barbara Walters as the reason why.

In a 2012 Conan interview, Griffin revealed that she received “a lifetime ban” after upsetting Walters. “She’s going to cut herself,” she declared. Though Griffin told Conan O’Brien that the ban came after divulging a conversation they had off-air (via a Howard Stern), she later told Marlo Thomas that she generally enjoyed being with Walters to play. “It’s really fun teasing Barbara Walters because she really does hold grudges in a way that I admire,” she laughed. Then, in 2014, she joked to HuffPost Live that she was relieved to have escaped the wrath of her supposed nemesis when she returned as a guest. “I’m glad to just outlive Barbara Walters,” she said with an eye roll. One thing we’re dying to know, however, is whether Walters (or anyone at The View for that matter) has ever actually banned them.

According to Barbara Walters, that would be a no

Kathy Griffin may think Barbara Walters avoided her from The View, but according to Walters himself, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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When Griffin returned to The View for an episode in 2013, she took the opportunity to ask Walters if her alleged decree had been overturned. “Am I officially banned from the show? Because… you personally banned me,” she asked (via HuffPost). Answer from Walter? She had done nothing of the sort. In fact, she seemed overwhelmed by the suggestion. After Griffin explained that regardless of Walter’s feelings towards her, she had nothing but love for her, the incredulous host asked what made her think she didn’t feel the same. Walters also delivered a sting: “You do that every time it’s your turn!” However, she was interrupted by Griffin, who laughed that she believed both Walters and Oprah Winfrey “trying to kill [her].” This elicited hysterical laughter from the audience — and a particularly hilarious display of resignation from Walters.

It’s worth noting that Griffin has a similar dynamic with Winfrey as he did with Walters. In an interview with The View alum Rosie O’Donnell, the host revealed that Griffin didn’t think she would ever be able to star on The Rosie Show. The reason being that it aired on OWN and Griffin had joked about Winfrey in the past. Griffin, of course, was allowed on the show — so maybe her issues with Walter stem from the same miscommunication. Cue Kanye West: “Guess we’ll never know!”

She’s definitely not banned from The View now

Aside from her on-air denials, Barbara Walters has never addressed the rumors that she banned Kathy Griffin from The View. One thing is for sure, though: she’s definitely not banned anymore. Well, not at the time of writing anyway.

Griffin has appeared on The View several times over the past few years. In fact, it was on a 2018 episode of the show when she revealed that she “wasn’t sorry anymore” for seeing Donald Trump’s controversial picture that got her dropped for a period of time. Three years later she returned again. This time, she gave an update on her life after what she called a “fucking few years.” That included good times — like getting married — and bad times like her cancer diagnosis and her heartbreaking suicide attempt. Coaster aside, however, Griffin’s message was clear: She’s back. And if there were still any doubts about her presence on the show, Whoopi Goldberg was quick to confirm that the comedian was taken back with open arms. “We couldn’t be happier to see her here,” confirmed Goldberg.

There’s no word on whether that had anything to do with Walters leaving The View a few years earlier. Either way, for now at least, it’s pretty clear that Griffin is a welcome guest host on the show. However, if there’s one thing we do know about Griffin, it’s that she’s no stranger to controversy, so we need to continue to monitor this area.

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